PLAY ON THE MIRACLE LEAGUE

Who can play?

 

The Miracle League of the Southwestern PA is a program that allows children and adults with special needs (physical and mental) individuals starting from the age of 5 and up to learn and play the fundamentals of baseball.  Our specially designed turf field can accommodate wheelchairs and everyone – all players can be successful at our field. 

Our league is a family.  Our community of players, families, and volunteers work together toward a common mission: to allow children and adults of all abilities the chance to learn and play the game of baseball.

 

Benefits of Playing

 

  • Making friendships, interacting socially with peers, and having fun!!

  • Participating in a program that promotes physical activity and a spirit of encouragement.

  • Developing relationships with coaches and members of the extended community.

COMMON RULES

The following information is the same for all divisions in the Miracle League.

  • Have fun!!!!!
     

  • All games are played at the Miracle League Field at Graham Park in Cranberry Township, PA.
     

  • The Miracle League Field has a rubberized, all weather surface that is wheelchair accessible.
     

  • The Miracle League season consists of a spring session and fall session.
     

  • The spring session consists of 8 games from mid-May to early-July.
     

  • The fall session consists of 6 games from mid-August to mid-October.
     

  • Every effort will be made to makeup cancelled games due to weather.
     

  • The Miracle League is made up of three Divisions:

    • Miracle Division.

    • Youth Division.

    • Adult Division.
       

  • All players and volunteers must register to participate.
     

  • Every effort will be made to meet requests by players and volunteers.
     

  • All equipment (bats, balls, tee, etc) are provided by the Miracle League.
     

  • Players are encourage to bring their own glove.
     

  • Each team’s coaching staff will have a Manager, Coach(es), Buddy Team Leader(s), and Team Parent(s).
     

  • Players receive a team uniform shirt and hat for the season.
     

  • Managers and Coaches receive a team uniform shirt and hat for the season.
     

  • Buddy Team Leaders and Buddies receive a Buddy T-shirt.
     

  • Players receive a trophy at the end of the spring session.
     

  • Players and volunteers have the option to participate in Photo Day during the spring session.
     

  • Buddies are involved in the game for these three reasons:

    • Protect the players.

    • Assist the player, but only as needed allowing the player the opportunity to play as much as possible.

    • Encouragement and friendship.

 

MIRACLE DIVISION

The following rules are for the Miracle Division.
 

  • For players who are 5 to 17 years old. Players must be 5 years old before May 1st and can’t be 18 years old or older after April 30th.
     

  • Special consideration can be made for children outside of that range on a case by case basis. Please contact the Miracle League
    Coordinator for approval.
     

  • This is a non-competitive division.
     

  • Each player has an assigned Buddy for all games.
     

  • Two innings per game.
     

  • All players bat each inning.
     

  • Batting helmets are optional.
     

  • Batters may hit off of a tee or from a Coach pitcher. There are no strikeouts or walks.
     

  • All players get to circle the bases to score a run each inning.
     

  • Players are never called “Out”.
     

  • Game time is between 60 to 75 minutes.
     

  • Teams consist of no more than 14 players.
     

  • An umpire covers each game to call players safe on 1st base and Home.
     

  • The score is tied after each inning no matter how many players are on each team.

 

YOUTH DIVISION

 

The following rules are for the  Youth Division:
 

  • For players who are 6 years or older.  Players must be 6 years old before May 1st.
     

  • This is a competitive division.  Players can be called out and a team can lose a game.
     

  • Buddies are optional for a player.  This is a Parent/Guardian decision.
     

  • An umpire covers each game to call fair/foul, out/safe and has the final call on all plays.
     

  • The score will be kept.  A team can win, lose, or tie.
     

Game/Inning Length:
 

  • All rules apply as in Little League unless otherwise listed.
     

  • Game is played for 4 innings.
     

  • A half inning is completed when either 3 outs are reached, or 5 runs cross the plate.
     

  • Only 5 runs may be scored in a half inning, with the exception of the final (4th) inning

    • In the final inning, each team will be permitted to have every player bat one time permitted 3 outs have not occurred
       

  • If a home run or extra base hit results in more than 5 runs:

    • Play will continue until its end

    • Only up to 5 runs will count
       

Fielding Rules:
 

  • Fielding gloves are optional for fielders, though highly advised
     

  • The following positions will be filled in the infield:

    • Pitcher (must be in the pitcher’s circle as the ball is pitched)

    • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, SS

    • Rover (directly on 2nd base)
       

  • The remaining players will be spread throughout the outfield
     

  • Fielders are not permitted to block the bases.
     

  • If the umpire deems that the base has been blocked, the runner will be awarded the base.
     

  • Fielders may use a Buddy.
     

  • A coach or other designated person will pitch to their team.
     

  • A fielder may not advance towards home past the pitcher’s mound until the ball is hit.
     

  • If the umpire determines a violation, the batter is awarded the base.
     

  • Outfielders may not encroach to the infield.
     

  • Fielders must tag a runner, not their Buddy, to tag them out.
     

Batting Rules:
 

  • A batter may choose to be pitched to, or use a tee
     

  • A batter may choose either option at each at bat
     

  • A batter may not change their choice in the middle of an at-bat
     

  • A batter being pitched to will have 5 swings.  After 5 swings, a tee will be used.
     

  • A tipped ball foul follows foul rules.
     

  • A ball must be hit off of the tee to be considered in play.
     

  • A batter cannot foul out.
     

  • Batters must wear helmets.
     

  • A Buddy may not hit for a batter.
     

Baserunning Rules:
 

  • Runners may not steal bases.
     

  • Runners may not advance a base on overthrown balls.
     

  • Runners may not lead off.
     

  • Runners cannot be picked off.
     

  • Runners must wear helmets.
     

  • Runners may use a Buddy to help them run the bases.
     

  • Buddies must make every effort to avoid balls hit into play.
     

  • If the Buddy is deemed to have purposefully interfered, the runner is out, and a warning is given.
     

  • A hit ball that hits a runner is considered a dead ball.
     

  • On a dead ball, the batter is given first, and every forced runner is given one base.
     

  • Since the bases are not raised (flat), as long as a base runner is close to the bag while running the bases, the umpire may accept that as a “touched” base.  The same argument can be made about the fielders.
     

Youth Buddy Rules
 

  • Buddies are there to assist the players and ensure an enjoyable experience for all the kids involved, not just their partner.
     

  • If the umpire determines that a Buddy is in violation of the spirit of what is in the best interests of the kids, a warning will be given. If a second offense occurs, the Buddy will be removed from the game.
     

  • Buddies are optional for the players.
     

  • Buddies may help a player run the bases by pushing their chair.
     

  • Buddies who are helping their players run must make every effort to avoid balls in play.
     

  • If a Buddy intentionally interferes, it is considered a violation and will result in their player being called out, as well as a warning for first offense, or a removal if given a prior warning.
     

  • A Buddy may not be tagged to tag their runner out.
     

  • A Buddy may not interfere with their player being tagged.
     

  • A Buddy may not bat for their player.
     

  • Buddies in the field.
     

    • A Buddy must always play behind their player, unless a “more advanced” player is at the plate.  A buddy may then move beside the player for safety.

    • A Buddy may not catch or throw a ball for their player.

    • A Buddy may not stop a ball for a player if it is considered to be beyond their reach.

    • A Buddy may stop a ball that is hit at a player if the player needs help fielding it.

    • A Buddy may pick up and hand a stopped ball to their player if help is needed picking up the ball.

    • Buddies must give every opportunity for their player to play the ball.

ADULT DIVISION

The following rules are for the Adult Division:

  • For players who are 18 years old before May 1st.
     

  • This is a non-competitive division.
     

  • A game consists of two innings in which all players bat each inning.
     

  • Batters can hit off a tee or from a Coach pitcher.
     

  • If choosing to hit from a Coach pitcher, the batter will be switched to a tee if failing to make contact after six pitches.
     

  • Batters will bat until the ball is put in play.  There will be no strikeouts or walks.  Players are never called “Out”
     

  • All players get to circle the bases to score a run each inning.
     

  • Batting helmets are optional
     

  • Buddies are optional for a player.
     

  • An umpire covers each game to call players safe on 1st baase and Home.
     

  • The score is tied after each inning no matter how many players are on each team.
     

  • Teams consist of no more than 14 players.
     

  • All players bat each inning.
     

  • Games will be played on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM.  Batting practice begins 15 minutes prior to each game.  Games last between 60 to 75 minutes.
     

  • In the event of a rainout, or the addition of more teams, games may be played on Wednesday evenings.
     

  • There is a nominal registration fee per adult.  Scholarships are available upon request.
     

  • We are committed to enabling all special needs adults to participate in the Miracle League.  Any issues with funding transportation or caregiver time should not prevent an adult from playing.  Please contact us to discuss how we can provide the necessary help to enable an adult to experience the joy and excitement of being a member of a Miracle League team.

 

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